kelly jones
Olive Installation at the University at AlbanyMFA ExhibitionOlive Oyl DrawingsEraser DrawingsPhyllisBirth DrawingsLightboxesParts DrawingsProcess Drawings
Psychoanalytic theory, children’s literature and the femme fatale all coexist within my work. Influences as diverse as Freud’s theories of the uncanny, stories that inhabit a liminal space, and the dance-like movements of Olive Oyl in a Popeye cartoon do battle within the pieces. My practice, which began as part-object drawings of arms, legs and mouths, has evolved into installations incorporating animation, projection and sculpture.

The installations reflect, for me, the duality of being human. There is a side we know and consciously project, and there is a side that’s hidden or pushed down. I’m very interested in that hidden side: the urges and desires we don’t necessarily act on, but that are there none the less.